Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
McCoy’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Safety Action Plan will include input
to help reduce the number of accidents that occur off duty.
Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager, said
Army senior leaders and the Installation Management Command (IMCOM)
were encouraged with the progress made to reduce on-duty and workplace
accidents in FY 2008.
Fort McCoy garrison has been able to stay below the IMCOM average for
the past two years (in total Lost Day Rate — the ability to return
employees back to work)," Eddy said. "It is imperative that
we maintain emphasis on reducing these losses in order to continue our
improvement and keep our garrison under that average."
programs the ISO offers to help installation organizations improve
safety are hazard assessments, risk mitigation, supervisory safety
training and accident/incident reporting.
ISO works with other organizations, whenever possible, to foster
safety, Eddy said. Deb Heise-Clark, ISO safety specialist, said these
initiatives include quarterly installationwide safety meetings.
you’re not attending, you can contact us for more information,"
Heise-Clark said, with the next meeting scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 13,
2009 from 9-10:30 a.m. "Every organization is encouraged to send
representatives to the meetings. You can express your concerns there.
Sometimes, we can resolve the safety concerns right there and
Safety Council meeting is a good place for installation personal to
gather and share their best safety practices, Eddy said. IMCOM always
is seeking the best safety practices to spread throughout the
organization to help reduce accidents, Eddy said.
also works with the Occupational Health Office, the Civilian Personnel
Advisory Center and the Fort McCoy Fire Department to conduct
quarterly safety and workers compensation training to all newly
the same positive trends aren’t evident in Armywide off-duty safety
statistics, Eddy said. Driving fatalities — the leading cause of
accidental deaths off duty — accounted for 62 percent of the
accidental fatalities, an increase of 17 percent. Approximately 75
percent of accidental fatalities occurred off duty, according to
statistics from the Army Chief of Staff office.
McCoy addresses this issue through motor vehicle safety campaigns,
which include POV safety checks and training; and a motorcycle safety
foundation training program, which provided training for 342 personnel
in FY 2008. Eddy said the ISO also seeks to develop a safety culture
through the Army Readiness Assessment Program that will carry over
into off-duty activities through such programs as risk management,
quality assurance, and process auditing. The key is for leaders and
supervisors to make safety a priority and effectively disseminate
up-to-date information, Eddy and Heise-Clark said.
most off-duty accidents occur away from normal supervision it is
important to get families and friends involved in the safety
culture," Eddy said. "We stand ready to support the Army and
IMCOM objectives to include the focus on off-duty activities."
Posey, an ISO safety specialist, said risk management is important off
duty, as well as on duty. The ISO has a lot of literature about safety
in the Fort McCoy community is welcome to call the ISO at (608)
388-3403. The ISO also offers a Web site with seasonal and general
safety information/tips at the Fort McCoy Extranet, which is
accessible through the Fort McCoy public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil.
good Web sites with safety information include The Army Combat
Readiness/Safety Center at https://crc.army.mil.
The site includes the TRiPS Web site, with the link of
military and civilian personnel with Army Knowledge Online accounts
can use these sites to help determine risks while traveling on
temporary or Permanent Change of Station duty orders, on leave, or
over major holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s, Heise-Clark
said. The site is available 24 hours a day.